LotR Reread: Maybe Don’t Bring a Hobbit to a Sword Fight

Chapter XI: A Knife in the Dark There’s a significant change in tone across the last few chapters of Book I of The Fellowship of the Ring. Chapter I, ‘A Long Expected Party’ is a bridge between the children’s tale of The Hobbit and the grown-up tale of The Lord of the Rings. We see … Continue reading LotR Reread: Maybe Don’t Bring a Hobbit to a Sword Fight

ARC Review: Empire of Sand

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri Fantasy 496 pages Expected publication November 13, 2018 by Orbit From Goodreads: A nobleman’s daughter with magic in her blood. An empire built on the dreams of enslaved gods. Empire of Sand is Tasha Suri’s captivating, Mughal India-inspired debut fantasy. The Amrithi are outcasts; nomads descended of desert spirits, … Continue reading ARC Review: Empire of Sand

ARC Review: Blood is Blood

Blood is Blood (Barker and Llewellyn #10) by Will Thomas Mystery 320 pages Expected Publication November 13, 2018 by Minotaur From Goodreads: A bombing injures private enquiry agent Cyrus Barker, leaving it up to his soon-to-be-married junior partner Thomas Llewelyn to find the person trying to murder them both before it's too late—in the newest … Continue reading ARC Review: Blood is Blood

LotR Reread: In Which the Company Meets a Tall, Dark Stranger

IX. At the Sign of the Prancing Pony Bree-land is an island of habitation in the midst of an empty and wild land. There are four other towns besides Bree itself: Staddle, Combe, Archet, and Chetwood. It is inhabited by brown-haired, rather short people who are cheerful and independent. There’s no one around to govern … Continue reading LotR Reread: In Which the Company Meets a Tall, Dark Stranger